Dual Degree Completion

Overview

The Dual Degree Completion (DDC) program allows students with an Associate’s degree, coursework toward an unfinished undergraduate degree, and life experiences that may count toward college credit to enroll in The Bible Seminary on a degree track resulting in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

 

 Students who successfully complete this program will have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (BACS), and either a companion Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Divinity (M Div) degree. The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies is customized for each student to incorporate previous college coursework (such as a 60-credit hour Associate degree), prior learning assessments, additional college studies, and TBS core graduate courses that can serve as dual bachelor/master credits.

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DEGREE
FACTS

The combined degree can be completed in
as few as two (2) or three (3) years for some 
full-time students. Additional time may be
required for students who have not satisfied
all of the non-TBS degree requirements.


To graduate with a BA, students must earn approximately
120-credit hours as follows:


15 credits: Bible
and Christian studies (non-TBS)        
 
45 credits: Electives (non-TBS) - Can be
fulfilled by any combination of prior learning assessments,
College Level Examination

Program (CLEP) exams, and competency
assessments obtained from the Council
for Adult and Experiential Learning
(CAEL), such as Learning Counts (LearningCounts.org),
                                        and/or other
college work.                                                                               
                       30 credits: General Education (non-TBS)                         
30 credits: TBS core courses

Accepted students may enroll in our
current graduate program, without any
modifications, and transfer in or work
on the side to complete any non-TBS
credit hour bachelor’s degree requirements.

Students who complete the program will have
completed a combined total of between 138
and 150-credit hours for a BA/MA degree,
or 174-credit hours for the BA/MDiv degree.

Students receive both degrees together
after all requirements are completed for
BOTH the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Tuition and fees for undergraduate credits
and graduate credits are the same.

The customized degree may require students
to take courses from other colleges or universities. 
Tuition for any of these additional college courses
and prior learning assessments outside of TBS
and required to complete the bachelor’s degree
are the direct responsibility of the student.

Students enrolling in the program are responsible
for applying, registering, enrolling, and transferring
in credits from other schools and LearningCounts.org
with respect to non-TBS undergraduate
degree requirements.

Students enrolling in the program are responsible
for applying, registering, enrolling,
and transferring
This type of combined degree structure
conforms to the guidelines found in various
accrediting agencies, including ABHE
(Association for Biblical Higher Education),
ATS (Association of Theological Schools),
SACS (Southern Association of Colleges   Schools),
and TRACS (Transnational Association
of Christian Schools).
with respect to non-TBS undergraduate
degree requirements.

This type of combined degree structure conforms
to the guidelines found in various accrediting
agencies, including ABHE (Association for Biblical
Higher Education),
ATS (Association of Theological Schools),
SACS (Southern Association of Colleges Schools),
and TRACS (Transnational Association of
Christian Schools).

Financial aid through the TBS Student Scholarship

Fund may be available to help fund dual-credit

and graduate-level courses offered by TBS.

See “Financial Aid” resources for more information.

Dual Degree Completion Program Plan

The purpose of the Dual Degree Completion program is to offer a bridge to graduate-level education for professional ministry leadership.

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30 Total Credits
  • English Composition (6 Min. Credits)

  • College Algebra (Min. Credits)

  • Natural Science – Chemistry, Biology, Physics (Min. Credits)

  • Finance – Economics, Accounting

  • (Min. Credits)

  • History and Civilization – American, Western, World (Min. Credits)

  • Sociology – Political Science, Psychology, Sociology (3 Min. Credits) 

  • Literature – English, Western          (Min. Credits)

  • Communications – Speech, Print   (Min. Credits)

General Education
15 Total Credits
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15 Total Credits
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Min. Credits)

  • New Testament Survey (3 Min. Credits)

  • Basic Christian Doctrine (3 Min. Credits)

  • World Religions (3 Min. Credits)

  • Cultural Studies - Philosophy, Culture, Worldview (3 Min. Credits)

Bible & Christian Studies
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45 Total Credits

Can be any combination of other college courses and/or CLEP, competency assessments, or prior learning assessments obtained from CAEL or LearningCounts.org.

Electives
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30 Combined BA/Graduate
Course Total credits
120 Total Undergraduate (BA) Credits
  • Hermeneutic (Min. Credits)

  • History and Theology (9 Min. Credits)

  • Languages and Culture (Depending on the graduate degree) : 0+ Min. Credits

  • Missions and Evangelism (Depending on the graduate degree): 0+ Min. Credits

  • Pastoral Leadership (6 Min. Credits)

  • Preaching and Teaching (6 Min. Credits, depending on the graduate degree)

  • Spiritual Formation and Ministry (6 Min. Credits, depending on the graduate degreee)           

Combined BA/Graduate - level Courses
120 Total Credits
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+18 - 30 credits
Addtional Master of Arts(MA) Credits - See MA Program (+18 to 30 credits)
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174 Total Combined
BA/MDiv Credits
Addtional Master of Divinity (MDiv) Credits - See MDiv Program    (+54 credits)